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About Dwarka

Dwarka or Dvaraka is a city in Gujarat that is also known as Dwarawati in the Sanskrit language. The city is known to be one among the seven most ancient cities in India.

History of Dwarka

This legendary city is said to be the birth place of Lord Krishna. The city is believed to be damaged several times by the sea and the modern city is the 7th city built today in this area. The Indian Navy and the archaeologists are investigating the underwater ruins in the city on the western coast of India. These efforts are likely to solve the current debate raging over the authenticity and age of the site near Samudranaraya temple. Traditional scholars refer to the ancient Hindu Scriptures and believe that the location is very ancient and was built several thousands of years back. Read More.......

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How to Reach Dwarka

Dwarka is situated at a distance of 450 km from Ahmadabad and is well connected via rail and road. Rajkot is the nearest airport situated in Jamnagar, around 121kms from Dwarka. Jet Airways and GoAir operate flights on a regular basis. The railway station is situated 2km away from the temple. You can find direct trains operating to Mumbai and other major cities in India.

You can avail of the sleeper buses from Ahmadabad that costs around Rs450 and leaves from the highway on the city outskirts. You can avail of Patel Tours and Travels. The services leave at 10.30 and reaches Dwarka early in the morning.

Geography and Climate of Dwarka

Dwarka is situated in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It lies in the western part of the tip of Gujarat peninsula. Dwarka enjoys a pleasant climate all through the year. However, the best time to visit this place is from October to June.

Winters stretch from November to February. The winters are pleasant and cool with maximum temperature about 34 degrees centigrade and a minimum of 9 degree centigrade. This period is extremely suitable for pilgrimage and tourist activities.

Summers stretch from March to June. The temperature ranges from 20 degree centigrade to 42 degree centigrade. Summers offer a suitable time for sightseeing, visiting nearby attractions and temples around.

Monsoons stretch from July to September. You can experience light to moderate showers that make the atmosphere highly humid. The nights are cold and days are pleasant.

The best time to visit Dwarka is from March to June, when you can relax while touring around the temples. Months from July to September remain lush green and are considered highly suitable for short travels. The months from October to February are suitable for sightseeing and different types of tourist activities. Read More......

Administration in Dwarka

The government of Gujarat has invited many private players to develop the airport near Dwarka. The government has also taken initiatives to turn the region into a pilgrimage center. An Rs50 crore master plan has been chalked out to develop the facilities and amenities in the city to turn it into a pilgrimage center. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims from different parts of the world gather in honor of lord Krishna every year.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr Narendra Modi aimed at enhancing the peace, harmony and unity of the region through Sadbhavana Mission. He decided to begin the pious mission from Dwarka and urged people to stay away from separatist forces and join hands to lead the nation through the wonderful phase of harmony and peace.

Culture of Dwarka

Dwarka being the birth place of Lord Krishna celebrates the birth of Krishna Janmashtami. Dwarka means "Door to Moksha". Lord Krishna long with his elder brother established the ancient city. The city is known to have been built of crystals and diamonds, with some of the places made of gold, precious stones and emeralds. The city is believed to have submerged under the sea, after death of Lord Krishna. Read More........

Janmashtami in Dwarka

Janmashtami is celebrated in the main Dwarkadish temple that is very famous in India. Devotees from different parts of India visit the city during the times of celebrations. The festival begins with mangal arti performed in the morning. After beginning with Banta Bhog made of milk products and milk, it is offered to Lord Krishna. This is followed by cleansing of the face and brushing the idol's teeth. The first darshan is thereafter allowed to the devotees.

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Apart from celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, tourists and residents of the area also enjoys water sports such as surfing, skiing, motor rides, water scooters, and speed boats.
Beyt Dwarka offers clear water that gives you the perfect wave to enjoy surfing. Tourists can thus enjoy an exhilarating experience here. Scuba diving activities are very famous here. You have lifeguards and trainers to enjoy a safe and stress free experience. Meeting the underwater sea creatures is a wonderful experience that you will certainly love.

Places of Interest in Dwarka

The city is particularly very famous for temples and has high mythological significance. Some of the popular tourist destinations are:

Somnath Temple: Somnath Temple represents one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. The temple is said to be reconstructed six times and thus it is known as the "Shrine Eternal".

Dwarka Lighthouse: Dwarka Lighthouse is situated at Rupen Creek. It is 18m tall and constructed along with installation of an oil wick lamp. The tower is 43 meters high and built between 1960 and 1962.

Dwarkadish Temple: Dwarkadish Temple is popularly known as Jagat temple and built in the 16th century. This five storied building is 70.5 meters high and the platform area is about 1800 sq ft.

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple: Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple is also known as Nagnath temple is located in the outskirts of the city. It is said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas mentioned in Shiva Purana.

Rukshamanee Mandir: Rukshamanee Mandir is dedicated to wife of Lord Krishna, Devi Rukmani and features different paintings of the 12th century.

Beyt Dwarka: Beyt Dwarka is located at a distance of 30km from the Dwarka town. This temple is over 500 years old and built by Sri Vallabhacharya. This enclosed island has few temples, coral reefs, sand beaches that attract tourists every year.

Gomati Sangam Ghat: Gomati Sangam Ghat is situated where river Gomati flows. It is popularly known to be a scared place for taking a bath.

Gita Mandir: Gita Mandir was built in 1970 by Birla. The temple is made of marble and protects the teachings and values of "Bhagavad Gita".
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Tourism in Dwarka

Shopping in Dwarka

Dwarka is one of the most haunted pilgrimages for those who are religiously inclined. When it comes to shopping, you can look for the attractive Patola saris that exhibit Gujarati folk culture. You can also look into the widest range of Bandhni in the form of embroidery. Bandhni works can be found in dress materials, Ghagra cholis, handicraft items, accessories, show pieces and accessories. The mirror works come with dazzles of beads and sequins shells in fabric, home accessories and footwear. There are plenty of bazaars, malls and shopping centers in Dwarka. Some of them are Pankaj Plaza - I, II, III, IV, Aditya Plaza, Dwarka Deep, Supreme Plaza, Mefcons Plaza, Vardhman Airport Plaza –II where you can shop to your heart’s content and explore the rich culture of Dwarka, Gujarat.

Transport in Dwarka

The city is well knit with rail and road transport. You can avail luxury and local bus services while traveling in and around the city. The car rental services offer custom packages, full day and half day services to cater to the different requirements of the tourists. You can choose from packages like round trip, multi city trip or a one way trip. Trains in Dwarka run from the Dwarka railway station and connects to some of the major cities in India.

Some of the bus services that you can avail of are Deep Travels, Royal Express, Royal Punjab Travels, and Jai Jalaram Travels. The major car rental services that you can look for your business trip or leisure tour are Devi Travels, Shakti Travels, Swastik Travels, Dwarka Tours & Travels, Shiv Travels. Read More......

Healthcare in Dwarka

There is a lot of scope of improvement in medical or health services in Dwarka. The major reason for this lies in the fact that Dwarka is known as a pilgrimage center majorly. Not much could be done for the improvement of health facilities. People who seek medical help often have to visit to Jamnagar which is quite close to Dwarka. Presenting information on few hospitals, chemist shops and physiotherapy centers in Dwarka.

Healthcare in Dwarka

Hospitals in Dwarka

Following are the popular hospitals in Dwarka:

Dwarkeshwar General Hospital

Dwarkeshwar General Hospital gave priority to emergency medical treatment and started a general hospital within a very short span of time. Shree Dwarkadhish Education Trust, a charitable trust was founded in 1978. The trust handles all medical problems in this region. The hospital has recently started a Dialysis Center.

Address: Ruxmani Mandir Road
Dwarka - 361 335
Post Box No. 25
Gujarat State Highway 6A
Dwarka, Gujarat 361335
Phone: 02892 234 022

Other hospitals that aims at offering reliable health care services to the patients are:

Deep Hospital
Address: Near Brahmakumari
State Highway, Dwarka Ho
Gujarat - 361335
Hours of Operation: 24 hours

Community Health Center

Address: Out Side Circuit House
Dwarka HO, Dwarka
Gujarat - 361335
Hours of Operation: 08:00 am to 03:00 pm & 04:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Open Days: All Days except Sundays

Physiotherapy in Dwarka

In case you are in Dwarka and suffering from joint immobilization, range of motion and endurance or want to improve your strength, get relief from pain, you can visit the following physiotherapy center:

Ashirwad Clinic and Physiotherapy Center
Address: Siddhvatika Socirty, Dwarka Town
Dwarka-Gujarat - 361335
Phone: +(91)-7405472399

Chemist in Dwarka

If you are looking for pharmacist or chemist in Dwarka, you may visit:

Anand Medical Store
Address: Main Bazar, Dwarka HO
Dwarka-Gujarat - 361335
Phone: +(91)-9925511107
Open Hours: 9am to 10pm
Open Days: All Days
Sunday Timing: 9am to 2pm

Facts and Figures about Dwarka

Time zone: GMT/UTC +5:30
State:    Gujarat
District: Jamnagar
Population: More than 50,000
Main languages: Gujarati, Hindi
Best time to visit: October to March
Pincode    : 361335
STD code: 2892
Latitude: 22.2433371
Longitude: 68.9688028
Precipitation: 275mm

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